There are so many bands to discover in the world but oh so little time. But do share some time with PARAZIT. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Metal is an integral part in the three of us. We grew up listening to it, so it´s in our DNA. Nevertheless, as musicians we try to absorb as many styles as we can. The word Parazit has many meaning with we we identify us and the band. Given our style of music we´re parasite in more genres, not fitting in most but at the same time having something in common. It also means “noise” in some languages, so that definitely relates to us and that was actually how the name came to be searching for noise related words.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-We´ve played events/festivals of many genres, from jazz, indie to full blown metal. In all any new audiences always react the same way, In awe at the beginning, trying to make what sounds are coming out. Then that feeling of not understanding what is going on but not disliking it either. And finally letting go and flowing with us. There is no set way to introduce someone new to our music, but we’ve found that most fans tag their friend to check us out once they find out about us. So word in mouth has been a good way for us to get our music across.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?>
-Most of our influences have been musicians that have always stretched the limits of their instruments (i.e. Cliff Burton, Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart, Tosin Abasi, Vicente Amigo). That has helped us all look for ways to get the most our of our instruments and then as we compose and play together. We also like to continuously challenge ourselves personally, so we look for things that will continue to force us to raise the bar.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-Guadalajara currently has a very healthy music scene. That helps in several ways: First, there are more venues for bands to play at. Second, that created more competition so you need to up your game. Still, rules are evolving and social media an the internet play a big role now as you´re trying to get your music heard. You´re basically competing with all the bands in the world!
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-It´s always good to know you´re not alone in this world and that more people share you music madness. Most of us that get into music use it as a way to express our inner feelings we would´t be able to get out otherwise. For us, as we´re instrumental it´s channeling all that using our instruments, letting the music do the talking.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Good point! Every record has a theme. Working with artists to help us capture it in a creative yet non-obvious way is the main challenge. As with our music, we want everyone to find something new every time they look at our cover.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-We don´t think digital is killing music. The industry has changed a lot, in some cases for good and others for the worse. But digital services allow for us to be heard around the world, whereas before you had to have a record contract to even be able to record a decent sounding album. We still get CDs done and sell several at every gig. We know in most cases they become more of a collectible item and most people look at them that way. As with most things, it depends on how you leverage the resources available to you.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-We navigate scenes, so that can play a little to our advantage. The Prog/technical scene is not as vast, and most promoters are sometimes hesitant when investing in bands like that. You can count technical bands touring in Mexico with your two hands. We try to play a wild card genre name to continue to do so. In the end we let our music do the talking.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Definitely a happening. Most people stare at us while we play and little by little start to move along as they get caught in our music.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We´d like to take our live show to as many countries as we can. Our music is better appreciated live!